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Feb 19, 2016, 14:36 ET from ProfNet

NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Ransomware and Health Care
  • Stevie Wonder Calls for Accessibility for All Disabled During Grammys
  • Should You Date Someone at Work?


  • Editor in Chief – Sacramento Business Journal (CA)
  • Assistant Video Editor – (NY)
  • Sports Reporter – The Paris News (TX)


  • PR Newswire Media Moves, Feb. 15 Edition
  • 4 Questions You Have to Answer Before Live Streaming the News
  • Scriptwriting 101: Tips to Get Started on Writing for Video


Ransomware and Health Care
Shahryar Shaghaghi
Leader, Technology Advisory Practice
"Hospitals' digital evolution was approached with little thought to how their technology architecture would be protected. As health connectivity moves beyond a hospital's four walls, even more weak points are being created. Hospitals need to retrain themselves to think about security the same way they think about accreditation. They must identify sensitive data zones and create technology perimeters around them, and they must collaborate with other providers on cybersecurity disaster response plans."
Shaghaghi is fluent in English and Persian and is available to discuss: the uptick in ransomware attacks and the response from regulators; the typical ransom hacking scenario -- motivations, tactics and demands; cyber liability insurance, a product in its infancy that hospital boards (and other businesses) don't yet know how to evaluate; the difference between having your system shut down and having your records stolen; accounting and financial angles of ransoms; and the challenges of knowing, truly, whether you're protected -- especially since most businesses will be relying on the word of the companies that are installing their security systems.
Contact: Liz DeForest,

Stevie Wonder Calls for Accessibility for All Disabled During Grammys
Dr. Reginald Alston
Professor, Associate Dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences, Associate Chancellor for Faculty Affairs
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"The visually impaired population reflects but one group of people who face barriers to electronic information; however, there are many people with disabilities, each with its own set of challenges to information access. We must encourage the learning and adoption of assistive technology to establish equal access to digital, video, audio and print information. We must provide the resources and programs to enable change. And in order for online technologies to be truly accessible and usable by people with disabilities, we must start with accessibility."
Alston leads the university's new online certificate program, Information Accessibility Design and Policy.
Contact: Nina Kult,

Should You Date Someone at Work?
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
"Dating a co-worker could be a big risk to your employment, especially if things end badly. Your actions may be in violation of your workplace sexual harassment policy. In addition to the legal implications, there are emotional issues at stake if the relationship fails. If one person is a supervisor to the other, the likelihood of tension increasing becomes a factor, and a shift in work motivation may occur. People with broken hearts may not be inclined to give their best efforts at work, especially if their co-worker caused the pain. Even if you decide to date a co-worker and things go OK, you risk your fellow co-workers finding out -- some of whom will perceive you differently. If the person you are dating is someone you supervise and you praise them for doing a great job, some people at the office will think it's because you're dating them. There are a few circumstances where dating at work might turn out to very successful (marriage); however, most of the time, it is an unnecessary risk to your personal and professional life."
Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is author of "What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship." She's an expert on depression, women's issues, and attaining happiness.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,


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  • Editor in Chief – Sacramento Business Journal (CA)
  • Assistant Video Editor – (NY)
  • Sports Reporter – The Paris News (TX)


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